Historical interior design

Viable Options for Window Treatments

by Chad Brewer

When it comes to covering your windows, you have two basic options: curtains and blinds. If it is suitable for the particular room in your house, you can combine the two. Both curtains and blinds offer protection from light and temperature changes. There are a few features of each that you can consider as you make your selection.

Selecting Blinds

There are so many choices available for window treatments that shopping for them may seem overwhelming. To start, you can consider what you are trying to achieve with your windows. Do you just need a covering? Do you want to add privacy? Do you want the window treatment to be decorative?

The most basic forms of window treatment are blinds or shades. Shades are usually the most inexpensive. If you are not concerned with additional functions, such as blocking light, shades will probably suffice. If you want a little more protection, blinds can provide it. Certain types of blinds, such as plastic, are also inexpensive. However, they are a stronger shield for your window than an inexpensive shade. You can also find blinds made from stronger materials such as aluminum. These are more durable and can give you enhanced protection from light. This can be especially important if you have fabric-covered furniture that you do not want to get faded or damaged by the sun.

Selecting Curtains

For curtains, there are similar concerns. You will clearly want to pick a fabric for curtains that matches the color scheme of the room. But you will also want to consider the strength, thickness and weight of the curtains. The most lightweight curtains consist of a single fabric layer. These can add color to the room but allow light to penetrate easily. If you concerned with blocking the light, these curtains can be a great addition to your room.

If you want something stronger, lined curtains may be a better choice. You can still choose the fabric you want, but this type of curtain will have a thick piece of fabric on the back. This enhances its ability to block light and to provide temperature insulation for the room. In addition, the lining can protect the fabric of the curtain and make it more durable.

Another consideration is maintenance and care of the curtain fabric. Occasional spot cleaning will go a long way towards preserving the look of your curtains. However, if you want to be able to do a deep cleaning every few months, you may want to choose a curtain fabric that is machine washable.

Whether you choose blinds or curtains, window treatments are a necessary feature within the home. Not only do they provide privacy and insulation, they can help to complete the look of a room.